Thai PM puts off visit to Myanmar second time

19:23, July 21, 2010      

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Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva postponed his trip to Myanmar for the second time due to time conflict between leaders of the two countries, local media said Wednesday.

The postponement has nothing to do with the continued closure of the Thai-Myanmar border in the north province of Tak, the National News Bureau of Thailand quoted Panitan Wattanayagorn, acting government spokesman sas saying.

The border trade and transport at the Mae Sot-Myawaddy border was suspended after Myanmar officials shut the border at the Thai- Myanmar Friendship Bridge crossing the Moei River and at over 20 cross-border trading ports along the river since July 12.

It is believed that the Myanmar authorities were unhappy with the building river bank protection on the Thai side because the construction caused soil and rocks to fall into the river, the Thai News Agency said.

Panitan brushed aside the issue, saying that the postponement of the Thai leader's visit was not about the dissatisfaction of Myanmar leader over current border closure as both leaders have met several times at international forums.

The spokesman said the visit is untimely as both leaders are not available during that time.

Last month, Abhisit said he would visit Myanmar in early August as part of his overseas missions to create better understanding on Thailand's recent political crisis and violent street protests..

The Thai premier's trip to Myanmar was first scheduled last July but then was postponed as it coincided with the incident in which an American man swam across the lake into the home of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.

Source: Xinhua


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